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Murakoshi Takuma Ash and Iron Guinomi Sake Cup


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Black iron turns to a curtain of shiny rust running down the outside of this ash gazed guinomi, a deep dark pool of green crystalline green in the center by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A professed lover of shochu, Takuma takes his shuki sake ware very seriously. The cup undulates up from the base in wide grooves, like the rusted sides of a some dilapidated old Japanese hovel covered in corrugated iron (If you have ever been to Japan you know the one). The fingers slip easily into the grooves, with a bold, confident sense. Once you pick it up and find your place (pace) you may not want to put it down! It is 8 cm (over 3 inches) wide, 5.5 cm (2 inches) tall and in excellent condition, from an early summer firing this year.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigmas who simply lives to work with clay. He does not seek to make a living through pottery, but through his primal approach has earned a following which keeps his work in high demand. He was born in Aichi prefecture in 1954 and began his stroll down the pottery path in 1980 under the tutelage of Kyoto potter Umehara Takehira. Favoring very rough Shigaraki glaze, he established his own kiln in 1997 in the Kiyomizu pottery district of Kyoto, then moved to Nagaoka in 2002. Although eschewing the world of competitive exhibitions, he has been picked up by many of Japan’s preeminent galleries, including private exhibitions at the prestigious Kuroda Toen of Tokyo’s Ginza District.